Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch only $50 with new Verizon contract

The original 7-inch Android tablet is one of the best hardware values out there from now until April 22.

For the next week or so, the old-school Galaxy Tab 7-incher will cost you less than a night on the town. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be available on April 22, and now Verizon is offering fire-sale pricing on the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Order one from the carrier now before the Galaxy Tab 2 hits stores and it'll cost you only $49.99 with a new mobile broadband plan.

The Galaxy Tab retails for $499.99 and Verizon normally sells it for $229.99 with a new two-year contract, so the discount announced today amounts to a $180 markdown. Of course, with the pricing for the Galaxy Tab 2 falling in line with the Nook Tablet at $250, it's hard to imagine many folks plunking down $230 for the older tablet -- especially one running Android 2.2.

The good news is there are ways to upgrade and mod the Galaxy Tab if you're adventuresome, and the hardware beats that of many budget slates, with front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth stereo, and an included 16GB microSD card.

If you've been holding out for a decent tablet bargain and you'll make ample use of a mobile broadband plan, this one will be hard to beat. Your kids will be especially pleased when you forsake your cheapo Galaxy Tab for the new Google Nexus tablet or Kindle Fire follow-up later this year and hand off the Tab to them.

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